5 Minute Home-made Mango Salsa

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Mumbai’s summers have been through the roof this year but the one thing that’s kept us our spirits up has been the delectable, juicy, Mango. Come summers, the fragrance of mangoes traverses through the home of all Mumbaikars. My dear friend, Chef Mrugank Desai and I decided to come up with supremely easy to make, seasonal recipes (at the fag end of the summer unfortunately) with ingredients you need not go scouting for. I’m not a fan of store bought salsa since it’s significantly high in preservatives, and since I’d been looking to perfect a recipe, we thought of making it with a little help of the mangoes lying around at home.

Ingredients:

Mango – 200 gms
Chopped onion – 50 gms
Chopped tomatoes – 50 gms
Chopped coriander – 10 gms
Green chilly – 1, chopped
Olive oil – 15 ml
The juice of 1 Lemon
Salt – to taste

Method – Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix carefully. Be sure not to squash the mango and tomatoes, else you’ll wind up with a rather mushy salsa! Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate before serving.

This can be enjoyed with chips, nachos, even quesadillas!

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Recipe: Banana Flour Brownies

Hello All!

This post is the result of some Sunday baking / experimenting in the kitchen. If you remember this post – https://chaicakeandkitsch.com/2016/03/07/recipe-banana-flour-smoothie/ a packet of Kadhali Raw Banana Flour had been sent over to me recently, of which I made a smoothie and brownies, today.

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To know some more about Banana Flour, take a look at this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3x8WW_6d4U&feature=youtu.be

Ingredients:

134 gms banana flour
58 gms rajagrah flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp baking powder
150 ml condensed milk
300 gms dark / sweet baking chocolate
100 gms butter
220 ml water

Method:

1. Melt the butter and chocolate with the water in a microwave for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth
2. Sieve all the dry ingredients
3. Add the smooth chocolate mix into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well
4. Now add the condensed milk and beat with a hand mixer for about 3-4 minutes or until you are able to see air bubbles.
5. Move this on to a well oiled baking tray (not buttered) and put it into a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes at 180.
6. Use a clean knife or toothpick and insert into the cooked brownies. If it comes out clean the brownies are ready to eat! ❤

To know more about Kadhali Gluten Free Banana Flour take a look here – http://www.mystiqueconfections.com/kadhali/

 

Recipe: Banana Flour Smoothie

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This image is being used for representational purposes only. It does not belong to me in any capacity. Image source: http://primalpeak.com/ever-try-wedo-banana-flour/

If there are many of you out there like me who thought that banana flour tastes exactly like a banana and is set out to ruin every dessert, well it’s safe to say we’re all wrong. It tastes nothing like that! Banana flour is a gluten-free substitute to wheat flours and is made of unripened green bananas.

I cannot vouch for these seeing as this is my first time working with the ingredient but it is known to have the following benefits:
– It contains resistant starch, a type of carb that acts like fibre
– It helps control blood sugar levels
– Keeps us feeling fuller, longer
– Healthy way to carb cravings

Sounds good to me!

A good friend recently sent over a packet of Kadhali Raw Banana Flour to test out recipes – http://www.mystiqueconfections.com/kadhali/

I’m still trying to perfect a dessert recipe so do bear with me until I can come up with one but in the meantime, here’s a delicious fruit smoothie. It’s extremely filling and is a great option either an hour before a workout, or immediately after one.

Ingredients:

3 tbsp banana flour
1/2 cup diced strawberries
1/4 cup sliced bananas
1/4 cup mixed berries
1 tbsp chia seeds
6-8 cubes ice
3/4 cup chilled almond milk/skimmed milk

Method:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together and consume chilled! That’s all !

One Pot Pasta

Hello All!

I’m back with a recipe (my version) and I promise you that this is literally the easiest and quickest pasta I have EVER made, with no compromise in taste. Did I also mention that it’s healthy? It’s been quite a while since I took over the kitchen and a video that popped up on my Facebook newsfeed tempted me to get back, so here goes..

This page Tasty by the way, is life changing – https://www.facebook.com/buzzfeedtasty

Here’s my version of a one pot pasta:

Ingredients:
1 cup wholewheat pasta (penne, spaghetti, whatever you like)
1 small onion, finely chopped
6-8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, diced (you want big chunks)
1 zucchini, diced
Handful of basil
Handful of spinach
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp chilli flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe:
1. Add the onion, garlic, tomatoes, zucchini, basil and spinach to a pot. Add the pasta, sprinkle over salt, pepper and chilli flakes.
2. Drizzle 2 tbsp olive oil over this and 3 cups of water.
3. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
4. Continue adding water (sparingly as needed)
5. Your pasta will take about 25 mins to be cooked. Keep your eyes on the pot and stir intermittently after it begins to boil. Nothing kills your dish like overcooked pasta.
6. Once ready, squeeze in the lemon juice and mix well.
7. Add some basil leaves on top and serve fresh.

This pasta must be served fresh. Enjoy!

 

Get Your Green On

Happy New year everyone! Here’s my daily health juice recipe to start off the new year on a great, healthy note 🙂

Borosil India with the Food Bloggers’ Association of India, just sent over their newly launched juicer. Stylish, sleek and extremely easy to use, it has got me hooked!

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My health juice (more red than green) is my absolute daily fix. Filled with ingredients that are great for your hair, skin and overall well being, my day is pretty much incomplete without the juice. I allow myself 3 portions of vegetables in a day, the juice being one of them. The benefits of green juice cannot be experienced overnight, so if you’re thinking you will wake up with glowing skin a week’s time, sorry to burst your bubble ! They have multiple benefits in the long run, especially protecting you against several diseases.

Tomatoes are rich sources of Vitamin C, B6, K, betacarotene, potassium and iron. Carrots as we know are rich in Vitamins A & C, potassium, iron and folate. Coriander has disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, anti fungal and antioxidant properties. It also stimulates digestion. Garlic is also is filled with Vitamins A, C and B-complex.

Ingredients:

2 tomatoes
1 medium sized beetroot
1/2 red apple
1 small clove garlic
1 small green chilli
1 medium sized carrot
Coriander
Juice of 1 lemon
(I add half an apple purely for taste)

Recipe:

1. Dice all the tomatoes, the beetroot, the carrot and the apple and put them into the Borosil Juice mixer. Then blend the coriander, chilli and garlic.

2. Pour into a clean glass and squeeze the juice of half a lemon. Serve immediately.

Green juices can lose their nutrients very quickly if not consumed as soon as they have been prepared.

Tip: Do not dice / chop the vegetables and leave them overnight. Prep them exactly before making your juice.

You can also add mint and spinach leaves as they have great health benefits as well.